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Summer Decorating Chapter II

Today I continue my Phase II of Summer decorating with a splash of Americana.

A couple of years ago I made this bunting for my sons birthday party.  As his is birthday is July 13th, I thought it perfectly fitting to have his birthday theme be Red, White, & Blue.  I can’t tell you how often I have used this bunting for other occasions, case in point – this Summer decor.

As you can see, I have an assistant, Cole.  He loves to be wherever I am and especially when I am decorating.

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I simply cut triangles of fabric and sewed them to a strip of fabric.  You could also glue or staple if sewing is not an option.

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The white urn and mossy spheres are always on my mantel as is the boxwood wreath ( I put a small nail above the mirror and attached wreath with fishing line).  I just added a flag, vintage picture and some shells and bottles.

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This mason jar full of sand, shells and treasures was a collection of items from a vacation to Santa Cruz CA in 2006.  I cherish this vacation in a bottle because the dear friend that I shared this vacation with, along with her husband and 3 children, were killed later that year in a horrific automobile accident.  Sometimes mementos become even more important over time.

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I took this picture of my son, in color, in 2009.  I imagined it in black & white with just the flag in color.  My friend, Al, finally created my vision and I love it.

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I then had to replace the vintage picture I had on the mantel.

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I had to add the following photo because I purchased this vintage flag pillow for my sofa. I just love it.  It is stained and has holes and I love it.  It is perfectly vintage and weathered.

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The $20 investment was well worth it and I will get many years of decorating joy out of it.  FYI – my sofa is Ethan Allen and I purchased it from Salvation Army for $75.  Score!

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Again, I hope this inspired you to add small touches of Summer to your decor creating a sense of the season.  When I seasonally decorate I appreciate the time I am in and of course, dream of how I will decorate the next season.

Au Revoir Y’all,

Sheila